Kimiidera Temple

Kimiidera Temple, Wakayama

Kimiidera Temple
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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By hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
“Stairs and sakura”
Mar 2019
I’ve said before “put a temple on top of a hill and we want to visit it.” That statement applies to Kimiidera, in addition to Yamadera, Kotohira-gu and many many others. We were about a week early for peak sakura at Kimiidera but you can’t be everywhere at the same time and peak happens in a lot of places at once - we were elsewhere when we might have been here. We chose to come to Kimiidera on March 28 even though we knew the trees would not be at their best. Since Kimiidera is famous for being the site where sakura bloom first in the Kansai Region it seemed appropriate to start our 2019 sakura trip at the place that is the official beginning of the Kansai sakura season. The walk from the station to the temple is on a main road through a residential area. From the station you can see the new and huge Shinbutsuden in the hills so you know your target. There are at least 2 different routes up to the top - both involve stairs. If stairs are not your thing, this temple is not for you. But if you can climb up lots of steps the temple compound at the top does not disappoint. There is enough to see and photograph to keep you busy for at least half a day. Interesting buildings and statues and bridges over waterways and sakura are all there - lots to see and photograph. A small shop offering souvenirs, mochi and tea, and also soft ice cream is near Shinbutsuden. Toilets are nearby as well. The train ride from Osaka is about one hour each way with a change of trains necessary. The day trip to the temple can eat up an entire day. Entry is ¥200; ¥100 for seniors over 70.

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EHK2012
Hong Kong, China42 contributions
May 2012 • Solo
There is a JR station very close to this temple, its also served by buses from Wakayama JR to Wakayama Marina City. The location is not close to The city center but still I found worth visiting. I spent an hour there. You can buy the entrance tickets with or without a tour of the Golden Buddha. I would recommend paying the little bit extra to see the Buddha as well which is housed completely inside a tower. The whole temple is halfway up a hill, with a good view of the city. A very nice lady took my ticket and proceeded to give me a 5 min talk in Japanese about the Buddha, although she knew I had no idea what she was saying, she still politely continued.

The temple is just opposite the Buddha and you can donate 100Yen and write your wish on a wooden spoon to leave there at the temple. I would recommend planning your return train journey before you go in, so you don't just miss it and spend an hour at the station like I did. Very pleasant temple and does not need more than an hour there.
Written August 1, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

DeefromSpain
Wakayama, Japan9 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
First of all, since it's a little higher in the mountain, you can expect it to be a little cooler than ground level and considerably windy. Big hats beware.

The area. There's roughly a 15 minute walk from the nearest Japan Rail (JR) station, Kimiidera to the temple. Aside from a narrow set of stores aimed at tourists, typical of a sight-seeing spot's landing area, there's nothing else in the area to see between the station and the temple grounds. You can expect a quiet, leisurely walk up to the ticket gate.

Since the site is less frequented that many of the bigger sightseeing spots you'll find it more relaxed in nature. No big rush of people hurrying to come in, go up, go round and leave. In fact, I recommend taking a couple onigiri (rice balls) and a bottle of tea to slowly take in as you appreciate the lovely view at the top from one of the benches.

Speaking of the climb, it won't be too difficult for anyone who can climb a few flights of regular stairs. Just high enough to start a sweat but nothing requiring over- exertion.

At and near the top aside from arguable the best part: the view, you will find several little places to look at, photograph, wonder what the history might be. Honestly, I have little interest in the story and like the place just for the view.

The view of Wakayama. The absolute best times to go for the view are as follows: early morning for the sunrise, around 4 or 5 p.m.to see the sun set, and in April to see the cherry blossoms either during the day our at night. The worst times to go are 1) mid-summer with it's unbearable heat and 2) February with the unbearable cold and a plethora of lifeless, leaf-less trees.

In summary, it's a great place to have a leisurely date either with yourself or a romantic interest. Take a camera and you'll have plenty of opportunities to take memorable pictures. Go during the last couple of months of the year and enjoy a warm cuddle together.

If you're in a car, there are a few other places nearby worth traveling to. But if you're on foot, expect to spend half your day at Kimiidera and the other half, likely, in and around Wakayama Castle.
Written November 11, 2015
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ExplorerC9
166 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
The temple approach and the temple complex are both wonderful, there is quite an ascent up the temple steps, but climbing them rewards you with a spectacular view over Wakayama and the sea, as well as a really stunning and interesting temple area to explore.

There are a few smaller buildings as well as the main one, one houses a large statue. The place is so peaceful and looking out from the platforms at the top offers a stunning view.
Written April 21, 2017
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bird415
Hong Kong, China148 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
It just 2-3 stations from Wakayama, by recommending from a local grandma, I've found this gorgeous place and think this is one of the best temples in Wakayama, the grandma told me there have wonderful cheery trees.

不過距離和歌山2-3個車站,她是由一個歐巴桑推介我來的美麗寺廟,如果你來的是櫻花盛開的季節,她更是一個非來不可的地方。
Written May 22, 2017
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Thomas C
Nagoya, Japan98 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
I really enjoyed my visit to Kimiidera Temple. It lay a relatively short walk away from Kimidera Station outside Wakayama. The final stretch of the walk was an invigorating uphill climb to the temple complex. I loved the temple layout, with rows of well-crafted Buddhist statues, ponds, small altars, etc. I had never seen a temple layout like that anywhere else in Japan. The temple is completely surrounded by forest, so the only sounds you hear there are occasional bird calls. The Buddhist priests at Kimiidera are polite and helpful. It is a wonderful place to visit.
Written May 3, 2017
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Enjoydifference
London, United Kingdom381 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
They do mochi throwing festival in early April. Aim to get there for that to see a buzzar and dangerous mochi throws.
Written January 4, 2016
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Helen C
1157053641 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
We arrived there at 17:30 which was dark already. We didn't know that the temple was so high up. Yet, we climbed up the stairs. Nobody except us were there. The Japanese red at the backdrop of darkness was a contrast. We had beautiful sunset. A worth-wide experience. Highly recommended.
Written November 5, 2015
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Tithipat
Bangkok, Thailand2 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
Don't miss of this temple in Wakayama. When you walk on the hill to temple is very peaceful life and around the way to temple is very good locally lifestyle. Don't miss eel-rice near a post office very awesome.
Written September 9, 2015
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Audrey A
Singapore, Singapore52 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
there is this very old temple on top of a hill. It's big & old but well kept. In fact, there were 4 temples there altogether. The newer ones were colorfully painted. Quite a climb on foot!
Written June 3, 2015
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JVerse
Kyoto, Japan150 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
We took a bus to kimiidera from Wakayamashi station. It took about 35 minutes and dropped us right by the entrance. I like shrines that are built onto the hillside so this one was nice. There are loads of cherry blossom trees around the area that would be excellent during peak season, but we were about a week too early. Otherwise, it's still worth a look after you've seen the castle and there are some great views from the top. I also spent some time walking around the hillside graveyard above the shrine. I happen to find Japanese graveyards fascinating and beautiful.
Written March 27, 2015
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